New leaders vow to end ’embarrassment’ of secrecy

St Helena’s new political leaders have called for an early end to the “embarrassment” of excessive secrecy within the island’s government. They also voiced strong objections to having to sign an oath of confidentiality, blocking them from sharing any information with the public without the governor’s consent. The acting chief secretary, Gillian Francis, acknowledged calls […]

Time to end low opinion of councillors, says Governor

Governor Mark Capes has called on St Helena’s new councillors to provide strong leadership and break down past distrust of the island’s government. In what could be seen as a criticism of former councillors, he told the island’s new leaders they must take responsibility in public for the decisions they made, instead of blaming officials. […]

Stedson attempts to revive party politics on St Helena

An attempt is being made to introduce party politics to St Helena for the first time in four decades. Stedson George has announced the launch of the St Helena Democratic Socialist Party. It follows a separate announcement by would-be councillors Lawson Henry and Ian Rummery that they would campaign together in the 2013 general election […]

Public gets a vote as chief councillor plan is put on hold

The idea of electing a chief councillor for St Helena has been put on hold after a vigorous debate by the island’s Legislative Council. It will now be put to a public ballot, to be held before LegCo’s next meeting towards the end of March. The proposal would have seen one member elected to lead the Executive […]

Psst… councillors debate transparency

Government transparency and accountability are understood to be on the agenda for a meeting of St Helena’s Legislative Council – the island’s parliament. The meeting – Monday 25 February 2013 – was not publicised in either of the island newspapers, and St Helena Government has issued no press release to say it would be happening. St Helena […]

Dear Councillor: do you want open government on St Helena?

The people elected to serve the people of St Helena have been asked to say whether they want to bring democracy on the island out into the open.  Governor Mark Capes has reported that councillors want to see more government information made public. But so far, that has not brought about the kind of transparency […]

LegCo to vote on 10,000% rise in stray goat fine

A move to increase the fine for letting goats stray on to Crown land is to go before legislative councillors on 13 September. A rise from 25 pence to £250 has been proposed, in the hope that a “more meaningful” deterrent will help protect vulnerable plants and trees. The fines would also apply to sheep […]